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Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Is eyelid surgery an option for me?

Many eyelid surgery patients, who may not even realize their eyelids were obstructing their vision, are amazed how a Blepharoplasty procedure can expand their visual field. As a bonus, eyelid surgery may enhance a more youthful appearance.

Below you will find a vast amount of information regarding the eyelid procedure known as Blepharoplasty. If at any point you have questions, please feel free to contact us at 952-888-5800 or reach out via our website.

Drooping Eyelids

As we get older, it is very normal for skin on and around the face and eyes to lose its elasticity and start to sag. Since the skin muscles in the eyelid areas are much thinner than the other facial skin, it is understandable why eyelids may start to droop. Smoking cigarettes and overexposure to the sun’s UV radiation will simply worsen this condition. As your eye muscles weaken, the skin around the eyelids will start to form bags and will begin sagging. Many patients report they feel this makes them look tired. By rejuvenating the eyelids, patients look more alert, refreshed and less tired. For many patients, drooping eyelids become a medical issue and can obstruct vision. In these cases, the insurance company may cover the cost of the eyelid surgery.

Before and AfterBefore & After: Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty & Ptosis Repair

Before and AfterBefore & After: Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty & Ptosis Repair

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Every year, thousands of men and women choose blepharoplasty to improve their vision and the way they look. Droopy eyelids can not only impair your vision, but make you appear (and feel!) older. Blepharoplasty addresses these concerns by removing excess fat, muscle, and skin from both the upper and lower eyelid region. Depending on the degree of the procedure, it can also reduce the puffiness and bags around your eyes that make you look worn and tired.

Successful facial plastic surgery will involve a good rapport between a patient and the surgeon. Trust, based on realistic expectations and medical expertise, develops in the consulting stages at your evaluation. The surgeons at MN Eye Consultants will be happy to answer specific questions or concerns you may have about this process.

Patients considering a Blepharoplasty must also make the commitment to follow the pre-surgical and post-operative instructions of the surgeon to ensure the best possible recovery outcome. During the pre-surgical consultation, you will be examined and asked to answer questions concerning vision, tear production, use of contact lenses, and your desires for surgery. Your surgeon will explain what you can expect from a blepharoplasty and take a complete medical history. Furthermore, you can expect an open and honest exchange between you and your surgeon, which will establish the basis for a successful outcome.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

During the upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery, the surgeon first marks the individual lines and creases of the lids in order to keep the scars as invisible as possible along the eye’s natural folds. The incision is made, and excess fat, muscle, and loose skin are removed. Fine sutures are used to close the incisions, thereby minimizing the visibility of any scars. The upper eyelid blepharoplasty can be performed as both a cosmetic procedure (which would be out-of-pocket) and as a necessary medical surgery (billable to insurance).

Lower Eyelid Surgery

This procedure is generally not covered by insurance and is considered elective. In lower eyelid surgery, the surgeon makes the incision in an inconspicuous site along the lash-line and smile creases of the lower lid. Excess fat, muscle, and skin are then trimmed away before the incision is closed with fine sutures. Eyelid puffiness caused primarily by excess fat may be corrected by a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. The incision in this case is made inside the lower eyelid, and excess fatty material is removed. Self-dissolving sutures are used and thanks to the placement, the final incision will ultimately be invisible to the naked eye. Under normal conditions, blepharoplasty can take approximately one to two hours.

After Blepharoplasty

Immediately after the surgery, ice packs are applied and an ointment to prevent infection is used. A certain degree of swelling and bruising is very normal and is to be expected. Cold compresses, as well as head elevation when lying down, will enhance healing and relieve discomfort. Many patients use a bag of frozen peas as ice packs at home, as they easily conform to the lid and eye area. Your surgeon may prescribe medication for discomfort. For a week and a half following a blepharoplasty, eye drops may be recommended and it’s common for the surgical area to feel sticky, dry and itchy. Your surgeon will also list lifting restrictions along with activities and environments to avoid in the weeks immediately following surgery. Permanent stitches will be removed three to five days after surgery. Self-absorbing stitches will dissolve on their own.

Before and AfterBefore & After: Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty & Ptosis Repair

Does insurance cover Blepharoplasty?

The insurance company will not cover surgery done for cosmetic reasons, but if the patient meets certain criteria during the evaluation, proving that their sight is compromised by the drooping lids, then insurance may reimburse a portion of (or all of) the procedure. It is the patient’s responsibility to check with the insurance carrier for information on the degree of coverage. A Prior Authorization may be recommended as well and submitted to the insurance company prior to the surgery.

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